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SPEECH: Frederick Douglass on John Brown, 1860

In an 1860 speech commemorating radical abolitionist John Brown's raid on Harper’s Ferry, Frederick Douglass argued that slavery would only end if the slave owner feared the violent retribution of the enslaved.

Demystifying the Black Panther Party

The revolutionary political group, founded in Oakland in 1966, is gaining renewed recognition for its long-lasting cultural and artistic contributions.

Tribunal to Charge U.S. With Crimes Against Humanity

Though the growth of the prison industry has been well documented, there is virtually no documentation and even less news about the imprisonment of many who would be considered political prisoners by any international human rights standards.

A Black Communist’s Disappearance in Stalin’s Russia

What happened to Lovett Fort-Whiteman, the only known African American to die in the Gulag?

Underground Activists In Brazil Defend Abortion Rights

While abortion has long been aggressively criminalized in Brazil, in the past few years, anti-abortion zeal has reached a fever pitch. In response, abortion activist networks support and guide women through at-home procedures.

Friday Nite Videos | October 22, 2021

Multilingual Disinformation | John Oliver. Lorde | Te Ao Mārama / Solar Power. Jordan Klepper at Trump Rally in Des Moines. QAnon Conspiracies Are Tearing Through Evangelical America. India Walton and Chokwe Antar Lumumba | In Conversation.

'Pro-Climate' Corps Give $$$s to Manchin and Sinema

A new analysis from Accountable.US, a government watchdog, shows which self-styled green companies have been donating to the two lawmakers now holding the planet hostage.

Twitter Admits Algorithm Bias for Rightwing Politicians

Twitter examined political bias in its algorithm in seven countries. In six of seven countries tweets from rightwing politicians and news organizations received more amplification than those from the left

What Dune Should Teach Us About ‘Wastelands’

In order to break away from the empty myth of the desert wasteland, we need to kindle collective understanding of the deep-rooted connections between sustainable drylands and a shared sustainable future.

How Developing Countries Can Make mRNA Covid Vaccines

Wealthy nations are failing to vaccinate the world, health experts say. Here are 10 companies outside the US that have the production facilities, skilled workers and experience to manufacture mRNA for global distribution.
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Culture

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Withdrawal Symptoms

Dave Bonta Rattle
“I’ve been appalled but not surprised,” writes poet Dave Bonta, criticizing “the slanted coverage of the U.S. and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan” by media war hawks.

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How Workers Can Safeguard Pensions

Steve Early Labor Notes
The book under review, written from a labor organizer's informed perspective, is seen by the book reviewer—himself a longtime labor militant-- as an essential resource for workers navigating their retirement and pension options.

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Between speculation and discipline

Kunal Parker Radical Philosophy
This new book attempts a reassessment of Nat Turner's famous rebellion and what it is we actually know about that event.

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Face Mask

Paul Hostovsky Mostly
Mask or No Mask, Boston poet Paul Hostovsky captures a simple aesthetic of these divided times.

Labor

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The Revenge of the Essential Worker

Molly Osberg The New Republic
Man in the foreground with a sign that reads UAW On Strike in front of John Deere sign. Striking John Deere workers watch salaried employees don hard hats, as if the uniform is all it takes to do an essential job.

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Blue-Collar Babies: Why America’s Working Class Needs Affordable Child Care

Lane Windham Working-Class Perspectives
The Biden American Family Plan, and its early child care and education provisions, would be a lifeline for working-class families struggling in today’s unequal economy.  It’s high time for the United States to make good on its family-first rhetoric

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Unions Shouldn’t Be Helping the Health Industry

Julia Rok Jacobin
In New York City, the Municipal Labor Committee is not only helping to block statewide single-payer health care, it’s undermining retiree health care. It’s shortsighted and dangerous politics.

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Labor Unions Band Together to Tackle NY’s High Hospital Prices

Caroline Lewis The Gothamist
The group is pushing legislation that would give health plans — including those managed by labor unions — more leverage to haggle over the price of health care and eliminate certain anti-competitive practices.

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Starbucks Workers Are Organizing — and Management Is Worried

Faith Bennett Jacobin
Starbucks portrays itself as a “community of partners,” not an average workplace. But now that workers are organizing a union drive in Buffalo, that warm and fuzzy rhetoric has vanished, replaced by coercion and union-busting.

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Lorde | Te Ao Mārama / Solar Power

New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde has released a 5-song set from her new album in the Maori language. “I am richer for having sung in te reo” she says. 

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Jordan Klepper at Trump Rally in Des Moines

Jordan Klepper visits a rally for Donald Trump in Des Moines, Iowa, where the MAGA faithful continue their cultish devotion to the former president, and QAnon conspiracy theories abound.

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India Walton and Chokwe Antar Lumumba | In Conversation

Mother Jones reporter Nathalie Baptiste sits down with Chokwe Antar Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, MS, and mayoral candidate India Walton to discuss the possibilities and challenges of Black radical politics at the local level.